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Agriculture has the potential to lift rural communities out of poverty - EU Ambassador to Ghana

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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The Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, Her Excellency Ms Diana Acconcia says Ghana's agriculture and fisheries sector have great potential of lifting rural communities out of poverty.

According to her, their support for the agriculture sector is to help create jobs for the youth and also create sustainable businesses.

Speaking at a forum in Accra, Her Excellency Ms Diana Acconcia said the programme will help to improve the quality of life in the communities.

"Ghana's agriculture and fisheries sector have great opportunities to lift rural communities out of poverty, this can be done in a way that prevents climate change and protects the environment."

She stated that the programme falls under two main objectives of the EU's cooperation with Ghana.

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This programme falls into two main objectives of the EU cooperation with Ghana. Job creation especially for young people and a transition to a greener development module. This project will promote sustainable businesses, circular economy and improve the quality of life of the communities and we hope it will also contribute to the identification...........

Deputy Minister of Finance Charles Adu Boahen at the forum said they expect the 7.2 million euros earmarked for poverty alleviation in some rural communities to improve the lives of the beneficiaries by 2024.

The amount provided under the supervision of the European Union is aimed at helping Ghanaian farmers in rural communities.

"This particular programme is targetting rural communities in the Volta, Savannah, Northern as well as the costal. With this programme, four CSOs are been supported with a total amount of 7.2 million euros to implement the programme through direct management with the EU. The target result areas are development of technology, economic activities and sector policies coherent to principles of sustainable agriculture and decent work and these are fostered in 20 district assemblies of the savannah ecosystem of Ghan, the access to quality delivering relating to social protection, employment as well as decent work opportunities in the field of sustainable agriculture and green economy."

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